Today's Headlines and Commentary

Today's Headlines and Commentary

By Lev Sugarman
Thursday, April 4, 2019, 11:22 AM

Members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team said that some of their investigative conclusions were more damaging for President Donald Trump than Attorney General Bill Barr has so far portrayed them, the New York Times reports. The Washington Post and NBC News matched the Times’ reporting.

A Justice Department spokesperson said that every page of Mueller’s report was marked “May Contain Material Protected Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 6(e),” explaining that Barr chose to release “bottom-line findings” while the redaction process was completed, NBC News details.

The FBI is leading a counterintelligence investigation into potential Chinese intelligence activity targeting Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, the Miami Herald reports. The investigation began prior to reports that a massage parlor entrepreneur had allegedly sold access to Trump, and before the arrest of a woman found with malware on the club’s property on Saturday.

Trump is expected to announce a bilateral summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping to reach a final trade agreement and resolve some of the recently-imposed U.S. tariffs, the Times details.

Following widespread circulation of video of the Christchurch attack, the Australian Parliament voted to pass strict social media laws that could allow judges to fine or imprison social media executives whose platforms host violent content, according to the Post.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Stephen Bates unpacked the events precipitating the transfer of the Watergate Road Map to Congress in 1974, and drew out lessons for the current efforts in Congress to obtain the Mueller report.

Herb Lin analyzed the technical factors at play in the debate over Huawei 5G risks.

Margaret Taylor wrote on the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees’ authorizations of the first subpoenas against the Trump administration.

Lev Sugarman shared two motions to dismiss filed by the Trump administration in lawsuits challenging President Trump’s use of an emergency declaration to build a border wall.

Robert Chesney and Steve Vladeck shared an episode of the National Security Law Podcast featuring discussion of the DEA’s use of administrative subpoenas, the Take Care Clause and more.

Sugarman posted a letter from former military and intelligence leaders warning of the risks associated with Chinese-developed 5G infrastructure.

Rachel Brown and Preston Lim recapped U.S.-China trade negotiations on technology issues, China’s attempts to develop 5G networks in Europe and more.

Jen Patja Howell shared a new episode of Rational Security in which Tamara Cofman Wittes, Shane Harris, Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes discuss malware at Mar-a-Lago, U.S.-Saudi relations and more.

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